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Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts, florists, and chefs alike will...
Garden club to screen Disney film focusing on butterflies, bees and more

Garden club to screen Disney film focusing on butterflies, bees and more

The next meeting of the Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. The public is invited to attend for a $5 donation. Club members will screen the film Wings of Life, a Disney nature film directed by Louie Schwartzberg and...
Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

The warm weather is here, so it’s time to for those backyard barbecue bashes. CSA Group, a certification and testing organization, offers these tips for a safe, seamless summer soiree. Outdoor gas barbecues Before firing up the grill for the first time, carefully inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, grease, insects...
Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

The weather is certainly reminding us daily that it’s summer. The energy experts at Abest Power want to ensure residents are also adapting their home for warm weather to reduce energy consumption and cost. “Most homeowners think about insulation and heating equipment before the cold winter season, but insulation and a system cleaning also helps...
Building My Passive House — Part 4

Building My Passive House — Part 4

This is the fourth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy-efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). In this column,...
Take those bright fresh flowers and plant them in a container

Take those bright fresh flowers and plant them in a container

As we continue planting and adding to our gardens through the summer, we should take some time to consider containers. It is a good time to start filling those empty pots with lush summer annuals, which often bloom until there is a frost. Containers can provide the focal point on a patio or surrounding an...
HOME BRIEFS: Craft fairs and a farmers market

HOME BRIEFS: Craft fairs and a farmers market

Craft fairs Trinity Lutheran Church, 183 Howe Avenue, Shelton will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, July 19, 10 to 5 p.m. — Long Hill United Methodist Church, 6358 Main Street (Route 111), Trumbull, is holding its Blueberry, Blues and Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, July 19, 10-4 p.m. Farmers market The Woodmont Farmers’ Market...
Stratford designer named  top landscape designer in New England

Stratford designer named top landscape designer in New England

Glen Gate Company of Wilton, has announced that J. Brandon Jones of Stratford, design director, has been awarded the 5 under 40 award for landscape design by “New England Home.” The 5 under 40 awards program selects the top emerging talent in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, home accessories and landscape design in New...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash? We have some do's and don'ts

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash? We have some do’s and don’ts

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...
On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

Located in the Greenfield Hill section of town at 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield, this single-family Colonial has 14 rooms and sits on nearly 18 acres. It was built in 1920, has give bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two-half bathrooms. The lot has some woods, some wetlands and is full of beautiful gardens. Listed at $3.976...
Don't go batty over snakes: They are just as scared as we are

Don’t go batty over snakes: They are just as scared as we are

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents that snakes are becoming more active at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. We’ve all jumped a little when a garden snake appears while we’re weeding or just sitting outside. DEEP is reminding residents that it is not...
Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Squash Blossom Crepes: Serves 4 for dinner, 6 for appetizer portions. Recipe courtesy of Amanda Smith, www.amandasmithcaterers.com Ingredients: 12 crepes (either homemade or store bought) Filling: 2 T. olive oil 2 shallots, chopped 2 corn on the cob, kernels cut off the cob with a serrated knife 3  bunches squash blossoms, remove thistle, tear in four...